How fires work
At FSE Special Doors, we specialise in the manufacture and design of door system solutions for commercial, industrial and special-purpose applications. Part of this involves creating quality fire doors to ensure buildings and their occupants are protected in the event of a fire.
But have you ever learned about how a fire works? Read on to find out about the science behind fires, their dangers and how FSE Special Doors can help make your building a safer place.
What is fire?
Fire is the visible effect of the process of combustion. This is a special type of chemical reaction. It occurs between oxygen in the air and a type of fuel. Fuel must be heated to its ignition temperature for combustion and therefore fire to occur. The reaction will keep going as long as there is enough heat, fuel and oxygen to maintain it. The fire will start when fuel reacts with oxygen to release heat energy. Combustion can be slow or fast, depending on the amount of oxygen available. Combustion that results in a flame is very fast. A side effect of combustion is a lot of heat, which then, in turn, sustains the fire for a longer amount of time.
The fire triangle
Three main components are required for a fire to start to burn: oxygen, fuel and heat. This is known as the fire triangle.
Oxygen: A colourless, odourless gas which is found in the air we breathe, making up one-fifth of the volume of the atmosphere.
Heat: Every fuel has a particular temperature in which it begins to burn. Heat can be transferred via radiation, convection or conduction.
Fuel: A fuel is anything that will burn under suitable conditions. For example, wood, grass, petrol and gas.
Dangers of fire
Of course, it is no secret that fires are extremely dangerous. When a fire occurs, there can be little time to escape. A fire can spread by doubling its size in seconds and within minutes or even seconds be out of control. Furthermore, fires can give off incredible amounts of heat, which can put you at risk of burns or other injuries. As such, it is essential that you undertake the right measures of fire safety.
In the event of fire in a building, occupant safety and the protection of adjoining property are fundamental requirements of building regulations. While there are many things you can do to ensure fire safety in a building or workplace, fire doors are essential.
At FSE Special Purpose Doors, we manufacture all of our fire doors to the highest of standards. We manufacture many types of fire doors to suit commercial and office needs. These include:
Sliding fire doors – These doors are well suited to larger spaces where wider entry and exit points are needed in the advent of a fire.
Hinged fire doors – Hinged doors are engineered for heavy-duty situations and offer higher levels of strength and security.
Swinging fire doors – Swinging double action fire doors are important in spaces where corridors experience heavy foot traffic which is especially the case in offices. These doors swing at 180-degrees, allowing traffic to flow freely easily.
Glass fire doors – Glass fire doors are a popular choice in modern buildings. These doors are manufactured with a fire rated glazing and therefore adhere to the BCA’s fire resistance requirements.
FSE Special Purpose Doors work with many clients to design, manufacture and install fire safety doors for office buildings. We supply a wide range of fire doors to meet the needs of any building. These can be built using a variety of materials and configured and fitted to meet most aesthetic and functional requirements. FSE Special Purpose Doors manufactures Automatic Doors for numerous industries throughout Australia.